10 for $20 Gift Certificates to benefit stroke patients

Get your 10 for $20 Gift Certificates from December 1st through December 31st.

Give the gift of wellness with our 10 for $20 gift certificates. The certificates are available to purchase at our front desk from Saturday, December 1st through Monday, December 31st, 2018. You do not have to be a member to purchase a 10 for $20 gift certificate. All proceeds go to support Action Potential, our fitness based rehabilitation class for stroke patients.

All 10 visits must be used by January 31, 2019. Please contact Katie Greene for more information.

*Must be 14 years of age or older to purchase or receive the 10 for $20 gift certificates.

Listen to how Action Potential has helped one of our long-time members.

The Power of Christmas

The Power of Christmas

December is speeding by. The holidays are rapidly approaching. This is the time of year where we may often find ourselves embracing more merry making than muscle making. However, one of the best examples of physical fitness in the modern world is all around us this time of year, you just may not have realized it.
Santa Claus.
Yes. I said it.
Santa Claus.
You may be looking at your screen now and thinking, “Is this Horton guy crazy?” The answer, I am here to tell you today, is no. While depicted as white-bearded and festively plump individual that eats too many cookies and drinks too much milk, Santa Claus is actually the most physically fit individual in existence, and can serve as a huge source of inspiration in both our lives, and our workouts. To really understand this, we must analyze what it is that Santa Claus does.
Santa Claus’ feats:
1. Carries millions of tons of toys and coal in a bag.
2. Visits millions of homes in a single night.
3. Fits through chimneys.
Let’s break down these feats to understand the training that Santa Claus has surely put in to be able to do them.

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Preventing Lower Back Pain

According to the American Council on Exercise, 60-80% of American adults suffer from lower back pain. Although sometimes the issue is related to an acute injury which could not be avoided, oftentimes the problem can be prevented.  Lower back pain can be attributed to a host of issues including any or all of the following: carrying too much body fat, a sedentary lifestyle, weak core muscles, tight muscles, and/or poor lifting mechanics.

             Excessive bodyweight can place a strain on the muscles and ligaments that help support the spine, especially weight carried in the abdomen.   In addition to this, those who are overweight tend to live a more sedentary life, which can lead to tight muscles, muscle imbalances, and weak core musculature.   Sitting for long durations can lead to shortening of the psoas and hamstrings and weakening of the core muscles that are responsible for maintaining posture as well as supporting the spine.  As a result gluteal muscles begin to atrophy and lengthen, forcing other muscles in the back to compensate.

When a person lifts an object from the floor, tight hips force the individual to compensate by using the muscles of the lower back.  The repeated use of the lumbar spine and muscles that support this area of the back can cause excessive wear and tear.  At this point the individual may need more than stretching and strengthening exercises.  Removing limitations of stability and mobility will not necessarily lead to a change in how a person has trained their body to pick up an object.  They may require certain movement patterns to be reprogrammed.  More specifically, this would involve retraining the body to hinge at the hips.

For those more interested in preventing and/or addressing lower back issues please consult with any of our qualified fitness staff.

Sources:
McGrath, C. (2013, December 19). Working Around Low-back Pain: How to Approach LBP With Clients. Retrieved September 10, 2018, from https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/professional/expert-articles/3667/working-around-low-back-pain-how-to-approach-lbp-with-clients

Introducing Kilograms for Mammograms: a brand new fundraiser

CrossFit_T-ShirtThis year CrossFit Boone, Seven Seals Seals CrossFit, Ashe CrossFit and CrossFit Postal are working together to support the Breast Cancer cause through a new program called Kilograms for Mammograms. This fitness oriented fundraiser will celebrate survivors and help remove the cost barrier for those in need of a mammogram – all proceeds will go to the Wilma Redmond Mammography Fund.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Main Event: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center

After Party: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Appalachian Mountain Brewery

The inaugural event will also include a silent auction and kid-friendly exercise challenges.

You can donate as an individual, or in support of a participating athlete or team.

Fall Wellness Center Semester Pass

ASU and Caldwell students can enjoy full access to the Broyhill Wellness Center for the Fall semester for only $199.
Dates: August 20 – December 20th. 

Contact Katie Green for more info.

Parkinson’s Boxing, Version 2

Since January 2016, the Wellness Center has offered people in the High Country afflicted with Parkinson’s disease a helping hand in the fight against it. From January 2016 to June 2018, the Parkinson’s Boxing Program has been able to help over 25 people in the area improve their lives through boxing and socialization that was not available to them previously.

Beginning in June 2018, a revamped boxing program for Parkinson’s has been created to fulfill more aspects of fitness. Particularly if you’re at the Wellness Center in the early to late afternoons during the week, you may see a lot of coming and going between Classrooms 1 & 2 and the Spin Room. This new version of the program incorporates not only boxing but Yoga, Tai Chi, Weight Training, Zumba, and Cycling.

To create the most effective program, we’ve limited the boxing class sizes to 3 participants, but the additional class may have up to 6 participants at one time. This allows for a greater personalization per person, improves other areas of fitness such as posture and balance, and allows for improved socialization amongst the participants.

Entrance into the program requires a physician referral and a health screen from the Rehabilitation Center.
If you or someone that you’re close with may benefit from this program you may contact Martin Hubner MS, CSCS, Pn1 at the Wellness Center for more information (mhubner@apprhs.org or (828)266-1060). To schedule a health screen, contact the Rehabilitation Center at (828)268-9043.